Guest blog: All pulling in the same direction

Posted by Guest blogger / Tuesday 17 June 2014 / Children in care

Last week, the Public Policy team in London were joined by Rachel Brickman from our child advocacy service in West Berkshire. Here she reflects on how her day-to-day work with some of the most vulnerable children and young people fits with our work.

“Over the past 2 days I have spent time with the Public Policy team at the Great Queen Street office in London. This has given me a fascinating insight into how the some of the teams which work across Action for Children connect with the projects and services on the front line.

"I particularly enjoyed this morning’s breakfast briefing event held near the Houses of Parliament. It was focused on how we can tackle child neglect and whether we need a national strategy. There were some insightful speeches from Paul Kissack from the Department of Education, Jacky Tiotto from Ofsted and David Simmonds from the LGA. Our chief exec, Tony Hawkhead spoke too and after a bus trip back to the office with him, it was straight into a meeting.

"This meeting was to discuss issues around the housing needs of the most vulnerable care experienced young people – a subject which could become a new campaign, and one that needs challenging. I was able to provide useful real life examples and a different perspective to the discussion.

"I have enjoyed my time with the team. Sometimes, we may feel as if we are banging our head against a brick wall when we are working on the ground, but it’s good to know that we are all pulling in the same direction when it come to trying to improve the lives of young people."

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